Just when you begin to forget about the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt does something incredible to bring the spotlight swirling back to him. After a false start at the world championships in South Korea two years ago that took Bolt’s title away, the Jamaican sensation absolutely exploded in the 100-meter final at this year’s worlds in Moscow on Sunday to reclaim his crown and send a message to the rest of the track and field world: never count him out.
Justin Gatlin has been training hard to beat Bolt and looked like he had finally done just that 70 meters into the race that was run in the pouring down rain. That’s when Bolt did what he does best: explode with that extra gear to blow by Gatlin and win the race in a staggering time of 9.77 seconds.
Bolt has never been a good starter, so coming from behind is common for him, but not this close. He said before the race he expected to trail Gatlin at the halfway mark, but he didn’t think it would take him as long as he did to catch the fastest man in the U.S.
The eerie thing about the race was Bolt’s final burst for the win happened as a bolt of lightning flashed over Luzhniki Stadium. It’s makes you believe what Bolt says about himself: He’s supposed to win.